KIRUNDO, February 12th (ABP) – The President of the Republic of Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye met, on Thursday February 8, 2024, with all provincial governors at the presidential palace located in Bugera village, Kirundo commune and province (northern Burundi), for a one-day retreat, a check by ABP revealed.
The meeting was part of assessing the situation of the country in general in terms of development, to prepare for emerging Burundi by 2040.
In his speech, the Head of State recalled that the provincial governor has the mission of closely following up the life of his people and being concerned about their grievances. He also indicated that there are laments from all sides, criticizing the level of development of the country. ‘‘Burundians ought to know that the Burundi of 2005 is not that of today ; Burundi has evolved’’, he highlighted. He said that the year 2005 was a capital of Burundians which provided benefits, while specifying that this year of 2024 is taken as a capital which will allow Burundians to achieve their objective, emerging Burundi by 2040, that is to say, in 16 years.
He did not fail to point out that colonizers blocked the development of the Burundians because they had preached that we must work only 8 hours a day, while they work round the clock. The colonizers had also instilled in the Burundians the spirit of relying on the aid granted by the latter, when there was the possibility of using their strength to develop.
The President of the Republic also winked at the Burundians that we must fight energically and work courageously in order to develop the country, and that we must never count on aid from one side or another. He said that the enemies of the country’s development are Burundians themselves because they do not want to put an end to unacceptable behavior that blocks development. He gave the example of commission agents who always want to sell what they have not produced.
President Ndayishimiye also recommended to provincial governors to identify the challenges that haunt development and try to find solutions without delay, with a view to preparing for Burundi emerging in 2040 and developed in 2060.